Diary of a mumma weaning a toddler off night bottles.

Little Disclaimer: I’m not a sleep-doctor, I’m not a doctor at all; just a sleepy mumma who wished she could sleep for more than four hours at a time.
 
My son, baby T, is 18 months old and was waking for at least one bottle a night, sometimes two. It was driving me crazy. I just wanted him to sleep and me to sleep, and at 15-weeks pregnant, I was desperate to change T’s habits well before the new addition creates brand new sleep trauma. T was also waking up at around 5am everyday. SO! last Tuesday morning after a horrible night I started googling.
 

“How to get my toddler off night bottles.”

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Who am I? Reimagining this blog.

It has occurred to me that I haven’t written anything for myself in a while — on here or elsewhere (by “for myself” I mean something I didn’t write for a uni assignment). I often question what it is I should write about, despite my head being filled with ideas constantly.

It could be because I often think about my blog and wonder what it is it represents. You’re supposed to have an objective, a brand. I have no brand that I know of. I feel like I have always been one of those people who are a little unsure of themselves and tend to get caught up in passing addictions.

I’ve been conscious of this for a while now, and even though the past six years I have been breaking free from those shackles and I am more confident in myself, in what I do and what I believe in, there are still times when I feel I censor myself or am not speaking my truth.

I need to stop. Refocus. Think about what I care about, who I am, what I want, and write about it! Hopefully, some of you will resonate with some of the things I write and stick with me for the journey. Continue reading “Who am I? Reimagining this blog.”

7 things The Vampire Diaries has taught me about storytelling.

Maternity leave has afforded me the time to revisit one of my favourite television shows, The Vampire Diaries. It was easy to put on in the background during feeding times or when I just needed to switch off for a little while.

At some point, I started thinking about how much the show sucks me in. How I am gripped by the story time and time again. Why is that, I wondered.

So I began paying attention. I started thinking about what this captivating show could teach me about storytelling, and how I could apply that to my writing. Continue reading “7 things The Vampire Diaries has taught me about storytelling.”

Having a baby and following dreams.

The past year and a bit since my last post has been a bit hectic. I guess all our lives are these days, right? But for me, it has felt particularly jam-packed.

Since the last post in April 2016, I got married in May, finished my degree in November, had a baby boy in December and graduated in March 2017. Phew!

My degree was something that I felt to be a major accomplishment — I’ve always wanted to finish SOMETHING, and I finally did! I now have a Bachelor of Creative Writing from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

My baby boy. He is…something I almost don’t have words for. Accomplishment is not the right word, though sometimes just getting through the day has felt like an achievement. Continue reading “Having a baby and following dreams.”

“ON LOVE & POLITICS” – A Solo Exhibition on the Sunshine Coast by Artist Mikarla Teague.

This coming Friday evening, the 1st of April 2016, something beautiful is happening. At CQ University Noosa Art Space, it will be opening night of a solo exhibition by Sunshine Coast artist Mikarla Teague.

I’ve known Mikarla Teague for more than eight years, and I’ve watched over time as she and her artwork have slashed away from the expectations and safety of ‘society’ to fight for what she believes in.

Through her artwork, poetry and activism, her heart, soul, tears, and I dare say every dollar she’s ever earned, have spilled from somewhere inside her that is unexplainable to be laid bare to the world. Mikarla was meant to share with us. I don’t often talk about fate, but some people in this world are here to make a difference. Mikarla is one such soul.  Continue reading ““ON LOVE & POLITICS” – A Solo Exhibition on the Sunshine Coast by Artist Mikarla Teague.”